In this April 15, 2013 photograph, Dr. Willie J. Parker, an OB-GYN who travels from Chicago about once a month to work at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic, speaks about his medical background and his desire to provide the women of Mississippi with health care at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Mississippi from revoking the license of the state's only abortion clinic, saying the state cannot close the clinic while it still has a federal lawsuit pending to challenge the 2012 law. A trial date has not been set. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Dr. Willie Parker hails from Alabama, an accident of birth and geography that’s probably the only thing he shares with Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, the man who has been selected to become the next attorney general of the United States.
Parker is arguably among the country’s best-known abortion providers, racking up airline miles flying in and out of states where clinics, abortion-providing doctors, and friendly legislatures are few and far between. His continuing work in Alabama has been featured in the documentary Trapped, which explored the arbitrary, unnecessary, and nitpicking regulations levied only against abortion clinics.